What we're about

We are a group of civic hackers, technologists, public servants, and community leaders in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis, St. Paul, and metro area) focused on improving the technology of our cities. We are a Code for America Brigade (http://brigade.codeforamerica.org/) partnered with E-Democracy.org (http://forums.e-democracy.org/about).

See our Mission Statement and Goals (http://opentwincities.org/about/mission/) for more information.

Please join us if you have any interest or curiosity in experimenting with new technologies that address community or civic needs, or wish to discuss how a new or improved technology can help the community we live in.

For discussion, please join the Open Twin Cities Google Group (https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/twin-cities-brigade).

Upcoming events (5)

Open Twin Cities Montly Meetup

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In response to the covid-19 physical distancing recommendations, we will continue connecting remotely for our monthly meetups. We'll try to devote some extra time to checking in with each other and sharing thoughts/ideas/experiences that help us form a constructive response to recent events. We may also group up into breakout rooms if there are projects/topics that folks want to dive a little deeper into. (If you have a project/topic you'd like to discuss, also feel free to add it to the agenda ahead of time.) Please wear headphones when connecting to the remote meeting to help avoid audio feedback. Feel free to chat us on Slack (https://otc-slackin.herokuapp.com/) if you have technical difficulties connecting and we'll do our best to help you get up and running. All skillsets and skill levels are welcome! Meeting registration/access link: https://codeforamerica.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAqcOmsrzsrG9UiwlxkOx1mBqY3WibyJRJj Agenda link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1j5R8qTjofMuM_oqFUxQBJlM-RIe0372SP9mlh3xFUF4/edit?ts=5e6ffa8b --- Code of Conduct: As with any event hosted by Open Twin Cities, our Code of Conduct (https://github.com/codeforamerica/codeofconduct) will be in effect during this meetup. Respect each other. Respect different experiences, view points, and skills. The Open Twin Cities website: http://opentwincities.org Open Twin Cities is a part of the Code for America Brigade network.

Code Switch 2020 - Weekly Check-In Opportunity

Online event

Code Switch (https://www.codeswitch.mn/), an annual hackathon co-hosted with Techquity and Software for Good, is moving to a virtual format this year! Teams have July and August to work on their projects. On September 12, 2020, Code for America's National Day of Civic Hacking, we’ll gather for a virtual Code Switch celebration! This meet-up is a weekly check-in opportunity to help you check in with your project teams and keep momentum going on your projects. Don't have a project team yet? Drop in and we'll help you get connected!

August Book Club - "The Black and the Blue", by Matthew Horace

Civic tech isn't just about data, coding, and designing. A major part of our work as civic technologists and engaged community members is educating ourselves about issues and opportunities in the communities where we live. In August, we'll meet up virtually to discuss the book "The Black and the Blue: A Cop Reveals the Crimes, Racism, and Injustice in America's Law Enforcement" by Matthew Horace. Horace has a long career as a law enforcement officer at the federal and local levels, and now acts as a law enforcement analyst and contributor to national conversations on policing and systematic racism inside of the profession. Together with co-author Ron Harris, a journalism professor at Howard University, he conducted interviews with a diverse range of law enforcement professionals, elected officials, community advocates, and survivors of police shootings. The book combines these perspectives to tell an important story of racial injustice in our law enforcement communities. In the book, "Horace addresses the convergence of technology, policing and community unrest. He chronicles his experience living inside of the BLUE LINE, what it's like to be 'Black in Blue', shares real-life policing anecdotes while addressing systematic racism inside of the profession and offers a blueprint for change" (http://matthewhorace.com/about/). If you only have time to read part of the book, then skim one or two of the sections that interest you most and we can compare notes. We look forward to seeing you there! You can find the book at: - Hennepin County Library: https://hclib.bibliocommons.com/item/show/5699630109 - St. Paul Public Library: https://sppl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/2413527138 Note: If you would like to join the conversation, but are having trouble accessing the book due to library closures, please contact Alison (alink (at) opentwincities (dot) org) and we can work on getting you access to the book.

Code Switch 2020 - Weekly Check-In Opportunity

Online event

Code Switch (https://www.codeswitch.mn/), an annual hackathon co-hosted with Techquity and Software for Good, is moving to a virtual format this year! Teams have July and August to work on their projects. On September 12, 2020, Code for America's National Day of Civic Hacking, we’ll gather for a virtual Code Switch celebration! This meet-up is a weekly check-in opportunity to help you check in with your project teams and keep momentum going on your projects. Don't have a project team yet? Drop in and we'll help you get connected!

Past events (147)

Open Twin Cities Monthly Meetup (Remote)

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